TMJ–THE SOMETIMES MISSED INJURY
One injury that is too often overlooked after a car accident is temporaomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ). Often times, TMJ is thought to be associated with the neck pain, headaches or an ear ache–but it is a different injury all by itself.
TMJ pain occurs where the jaw meets the skull, just in front of the ear of each side of the face. The most common symptom of TMJ is pain in the jaw joint; however, because it can be dull pain compounded with neck pain, this pain can be overlooked. Other symptoms include clicking or popping sounds when you move the jaw; headaches; ear pain or earache.
Your doctor should examine the jaw area for tenderness and check how it moves. An x-ray or MRI may confirm the diagnosis. Treatment may include medication, the use of a splint, or even surgery to correct the problem.
Those who have TMJ know what I am talking about–the pain is debilitating at times and it makes it difficult to enjoy some foods and other activities. It is a condition that you should not overlook. Failure to address the problem could result in arthritis in the jaw joint.
Talk to your doctor and/or dentist if you have TMJ symptoms. If the injury is caused by a car accident, it is important that your injury is documented.
If you been injured in a car accident–whether you sustained a TMJ injury or not–you should consult with an attorney before talking to the insurance companies. Insurance companies have lawyers looking out for the company’s best interest, so should you.
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